DIY Gift Wrap 101: Bringing Back the Potato Stamp
It’s started. That’s right, the holidays are ON. Have you been to Target lately? If not, you should know that the decorations section is overflowing with goodness. We’ve also started to amp up our holiday DIYs and today we’ve got potato-stamped wrapping paper. Inspired by a post I wrote last year, we’re bringing these bad boys back. Hey Santa, tell your elves we’re challenging them to a gift-wrap competition. Our workshop will kick your workshop’s booty. Starting with potatoes.
– craft paper
– acrylic paint
– paint brushes
– chef’s knife
– xacto knife
1. Cut the potatoes in half.
2. Place each half face down on a towel or paper towel to reduce the moisture.
3. Draw a design on the face of your potato.
4. Trace the design using your Exacto knife, cutting approximately a 1/4 inch deep.
5. Using the chef’s knife, cut a 1/4 inch around the rim of the potato making sure not to cut through the designed area.
6. Remove the cut section.
7. Apply paint to the design.
8. Push firmly to stamp your craft paper.
First off, chop your potatoes in half. Try to make your slice as even as possible. You want a flat edge so that when you stamp, your shape won’t get cut off.
Your potatoes will be pretty juicy, so put them face down on a towel to pull out the moisture. We let ours sit for about an hour.
While you wait, practice drawing a design that you want to carve into your stamp. Remember you’re going to have to cut this shape out, so don’t make it too complicated. More shapes, less Leonardo Da Vinci.
Draw your design onto the face of your potato. We did three: a flag (which can be used as a gift tag), a triangle, and a chevron.
Brush some paint onto your stamp and then go to town. Make sure you don’t twist your hand when you are stamping or you’ll just wind up with a big blob. You don’t want that.
We used these stamps to make wrapping paper, but you could use them for so many projects!
What type of DIY gift wrap tips and tricks are on your list? Talk to us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)